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Reusable Learning Objects

Benefits for Faculty

  • No time investment for developing
  • No advanced technology skills required
  • Subject expertise of creators
  • Connection between object and objective

Examples

Cardiovascular Embryology Animations (MERLOT)
http://www.indiana.edu/~anat550/cvanim/

Midsagittal Brain Study Module (MERLOT)
http://www.psych.ualberta.ca/~ITL/brain/

Considerations

  • Inconsistent construction (Java, Java-script, Flash, html)
    Mathlets: Java Applets for Math Exploration
  • Dependent upon availability
  • Limited customization
  • Copyright variations
    Working with the Web (via Merlot)
  • Some sources closed

Sources and Examples

Merlot: http://www.merlot.org

  • Largest repository
  • Peer reviewed
  • Blackboard partner

Connextions:  http://cnx.rice.edu/

  • Search by title, author, institution, and keyword (awkward)
  • Facilitates derived works
  • Lots of good music objects
    Minor Keys and Scales

Maricopa Learning Exchange: http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/mlx

  • Browse by topic, subject, collection
  • Lots of good educational technology resources
    Blackboard 6.1

Wisc-Online: http://www.wisc-online.com

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